Here’s My Story:
Hi, I’m Caryn. I am a wife, mother of 2 girls, business owner and Integrative Health Coach. I am also a formerly exhausted woman who, at one point, couldn’t not get through the day without a nap! I understand how low energy can interfere with your life, and prevent you from accomplishing what you want to do – or even getting anything done!
Through diet, self-care and some lifestyle changes, as well as finding a Functional Medical Doctor who was able to pinpoint some key issues, I now have energy to achieve my potential and live life to the fullest! That is priceless!
My story doesn’t end there. In fact, let’s start at the beginning to see how I got here.
I was always one of those kids who could eat anything and never gain weight. That was, of course, until college. Month after month I gained pound after pound. I was never really heavy, but it was enough weight gain to cause concern – and an eating disorder. Over the next seven years I worked to heal myself from those destructive years. I moved to Spain and started feeling better. Then I moved to England, and things got bad. I started suffering from migraines, blackouts, stomach issues, restless legs, low energy and eventually hearing loss, and no one could help me. There was no medical reason for my ailments. I was scared.
After a year of failed tests and being told it was “all in my head”, I turned to acupuncture, diet and faith. I started to learn about how everything in the body is connected, and how what I eat affects how I feel. I changed my diet and had immediate results. My eyes were opened and I knew health and food was my passion, and new path.
After many years of working on healing, I was able to give birth to two gorgeous little girls. However, afterwards, I became fatigued, dizzy and weak. I chalked it up to not sleeping in years, but the problems persisted! I wasn’t able to play with my kids, keep up with work, my house or my friends. I became depressed, felt helpless and hopeless.
I developed food intolerances, allergies, thyroid issues, a whole lot of anxiety panic attacks, and an autoimmune condition. My digestive system was a wreck, I was malnourished and my histamine levels were sky high! That’s when we discovered I had parasites, some ugly bacteria in my gut, and a viral load that was wreaking havoc. Where I got those, I don’t know, but they are actually more common than one thinks! (YIKES!). But I knew I had to clean up my act even more, and listen to what my body needed.
I worked my way through these challenges and this opened up a whole new door to me. I truly believe that God walks you through the mud to lead you to your potential. With each challenge, I have learned more about my body, the healing process and how to trust my intuition and my Heavenly Father.
As a health coach, I support women who are tired of being tired and are ready to RECLAIM their energy! Whether low energy is caused by digestive issues, autoimmunity, food intolerances, poor diet, or just mommy burn out, I will help you identify what foods are supporting you and which are dragging you down. I will help you tune into your body, tune-up your health, and tap into the POWER of food so that you can live to your potential!
My coaching approach is full of love, understanding and support because I know that abundant, beautiful energy is priceless, and is also something EVERY woman deserves to have.
Education & Qualifications
I began my journey at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition’s in their cutting-edge Health Coach training program. I have studied over 100 dietary theories, practical lifestyle management techniques, and innovative coaching methods with some of the world’s top health and wellness experts including Dr. Andrew Weil, Director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine; Dr. Deepak Chopra, leader in the field of mind-body medicine; Dr. David Katz, Director of Yale University’s Prevention Research Center; Dr. Walter Willett, Chair of Nutrition at Harvard University; Geneen Roth, bestselling author and expert on emotional eating; and many other leading researchers and nutrition authorities.
But I didn’t stop there. After IIN, I dove into the world of food therapy, and achieved a certificate in Chinese Dietary Therapy, led by internationally renowned Chinese Medicine practitioner Jeffrey Yuen, from Chinatown Wellness in NYC, and a certificate in Food Therapy from the Natural Gourmet Institute in New York. I am also currently a graduate student in at the Maryland University of Integrative Health earning my MS in Nutrition and Integrative Health with an emphasis on Clinical Nutrition. My education and experiences have equipped me with extensive knowledge in holistic nutrition, health coaching, food therapy and preventive health. Drawing on these skills and the knowledge of different dietary theories, I help my clients make lifestyle changes that produce real and lasting results.
I am a member of the American Association of Drugless Practitioners (AADP), and for three years was a Healthy Living Expert on Change Your Attitude, Change Your Life Radio, aired on WOR710AM Radio, NY’s number 1 AM radio station. I also have an MA in Intercultural Communication & Training and a BA in Communications and Journalism.